John Wall and the Washington Wizards will try to pick themselves up from a two-game losing streak when they visit the Orlando Magic Friday night at Amway Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing well of late, but are running out of time in their quest for a playoff spot.
The Memphis Grizzlies look to stay on track and maintain playoff positioning when they head north of the border Friday to take on the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
The Miami Heat were able to stop a season-high three- game losing streak, but fell right back into the loss column.
The Golden State Warriors had their five-game winning streak squashed last time out, but they'll try to get back on track Friday night when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.
The Los Angeles Clippers will go for a 10th consecutive win Friday night when they visit EnergySolutions Arena to take on the Utah Jazz.
The Portland Trail Blazers will try to salvage a game on this road trip, but they'll have to do so without their best player when they visit the Smoothie King Center Friday night to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
The San Antonio Spurs will take an eight-game winning streak into Friday's matchup against the floundering Los Angeles Lakers at AT&T Center.
Four victories in their past five games have the Phoenix Coyotes in the thick of the race for a wild card berth in the Western Conference.
Brandon Knight smothered Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver in the first three quarters Thursday night.
So one year ago on this date the Heat was sailing 20 games into what would be a near-record 27-game winning streak, and it was terrible. Whoa. Wait. For Miami it was terrific, of course. But for everybody else, for the NBA, a repeat championship by the rampaging Heat had grown so inevitable the drama was sucked from the season.
This is what the Bulls do. They respond to adversity.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The triangle offense is back in Los Angeles, but not in a way that would make Phil Jackson smile.
Mike Dunleavy scored 18 of his 21 points in the third quarter and boosted the Chicago Bulls to a 111-87 win over Houston Thursday night at United Center. With 7:54 left in the second quarter, Chandler Parsons drove into the lane and his elbow collided with Dunleavy's face. Dunleavy, who held his ground to take the offensive foul, was forced off the court due to excessive bleeding. Dunleavy received 10 stitches to close the wound and returned to the court to start the third quarter and came out on fire. For the period, Dunleavy went 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and helped the Bulls bounce back from a 104-96 home loss to the Spurs on Tuesday. Joakim Noah narrowly missed a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Chicago, which won for the 12th time in the last 16 contests. Kirk Hinrich scored 19, Carlos Boozer 18 and D.J. Augustin 13 for the Bulls. James Harden was held to a season-low tying eight points for the Rockets, who have lost back-to-back contests following a five- game winning streak. It's the first time Houston has lost consecutive games since Jan. 24-25, both against Memphis. Jeremy Lin led the way with 21 points for the Rockets, who also received 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks from Dwight Howard. Houston shot 35.4 percent, including a 5-of-26 showing from 3- point range.
Kevin Durant continued his ascent up the ladder in terms of NBA history and the Oklahoma City Thunder walloped the Los Angeles Lakers, 131-102, Thursday night.
The Sacramento Kings recalled forward Royce White on Thursday from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.
It's a winning streak. It wasn't easy, but it's a winning streak.
Mike Dunleavy scored all of his 21 points in the second half, Joakim Noah flirted with another triple-double and the Chicago Bulls posted a 111-87 wire-to-wire victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
Mike Dunleavy took Chandler Parsons' best shot, left the game in a bloody mess, but returned in the third quarter with a vengeance and buried the Rockets.
In the end, not even pleas from two of the most influential players in Lakers history will be able to keep Phil Jackson from decamping to New York.
Jeff Teague totaled 22 points and eight assists to help Atlanta fend off Milwaukee, 102-97, on Thursday.
Al Horford won't try and return for the playoffs if the Atlanta Hawks make the postseason.
Chicago Bulls guard/forward Mike Dunleavy was forced to leave Thursday night's game against the Houston Rockets after suffering a cut above his right eye.
Three chances to win or tie at the end of regulation against the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall was fined $15,000 for directing inappropriate comments towards the officials.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will miss Friday's game against Cleveland to attend the funeral of his grandfather.
Kevin Durant will continue his campaign for MVP Thursday, when the Oklahoma City Thunder welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Atlanta Hawks are back home for two straight games, starting with Thursday's matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.
It appears both the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls will reach the playoffs, but the two squads are coming off losing efforts.
The Grizzlies have the Michael Jordan of NBA team chaplains.
Like Brett Brown, Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone was a long-time NBA assistant before getting his first chance to lead a team this season.
If Dirk Nowitzki was on a mission on a historic Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz, consider it accomplished.
The whole concept of bully ball is to dominate the paint.
There was a level of embarrassment the Kings wanted to avoid.
Mike Conley split a pair of defenders in a pick-and-roll with Marc Gasol, and scored on a floater from three feet with 1.5 seconds left to give the Grizzlies a 90-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night in the Smoothie King Center.
Returning to Central Florida was supposed to give the Orlando Magic a boost.
LOS ANGELES-The Golden State Warriors' momentum at least for a night was stopped by the sheer force of Blake Griffin and the red-hot Los Angeles Clippers.
Anthony Davis went to the bench with his fourth foul early in the third quarter, presenting the Milwaukee Bucks with a golden opportunity to grab a victory in their final game before the NBA all-star break.
This time there was no devastating collapse. This time when the Cleveland Cavaliers started quickly and built a big lead against the Phoenix Suns, they found a way to hold on.
For the moment, they remain the elephant in the room.
LOS ANGELES-Blake Griffin looked at the Staples Center crowd and clapped his hands. . Then Griffin pumped his fist toward his teammates, drawing a smile from Chris Paul.
Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic tallied in the second period, as the Boston Bruins silenced the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, at Bell Centre. Zdeno Chara added a third-period marker for the Bruins, winners of six in a row and owners of a 13-point lead over idle Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Tuukka Rask augmented his offense with 35 saves. David Desharnais supplied the lone score for the Canadiens, who have dropped three in a row and four of their last five to fall 14 points off the pace of their long-time rivals. Peter Budaj stopped 28 shots in defeat.
With the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors each riding winning streaks, something had to give when the two Pacific Division rivals met on Wednesday.
Kyrie Irving filled the box score with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Phoenix Suns 110-101 on Wednesday.
Patty Mills scored 15 points off the bench to lead six San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 103-90, on Wednesday.
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge exited Wednesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs with what the Trail Blazers have initially deemed a back contusion.
Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and eight rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks pulled away for a 108-101 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
When Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins made his homosexuality public, the initial reaction was how any NBA team would handle the "distractions" of having the NBA's first openly gay player.
Add the Brooklyn Nets to the list of teams who think they just might have the Miami Heat's number come the postseason.
The 76ers' losing streak is intact.
Mike Conley netted all 16 of his points in the second half, including a go-ahead floater with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 90-88 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Victories in the Southeast Division have been a rarity this season for the Charlotte Bobcats. Wednesday they did something about that.
Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Mirza Teletovic scored 17 off the bench and the Brooklyn Nets beat Miami for the third time in as many tries this season, topping the Heat 96-95 Wednesday night.
The 76ers' losing streak is intact.
Rudy Gay had 27 points and seven rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 115-98 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Carmelo Anthony's 34 points paved the way for the rejuvenated New York Knicks' fifth straight win, a 116-92 blasting of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
Paul Pierce keyed the Brooklyn Nets to another narrow triumph over the Miami Heat.
Kenneth Faried scored 16 of his 26 points during two key runs and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Orlando Magic 120-112 on Wednesday night.
Al Jefferson donated 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 98-85 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors got back on track by posting a 101-87 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons behind 25 points from the All-Star guard.
LOS ANGELES-As last-second shots go, this was one of his best.
LOS ANGELES-Kobe Bryant couldn't help himself. Neither could Magic Johnson. They both demanded action from the Los Angeles Lakers' front office at nearly identical times Wednesday.
New Orleans guards Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans sat out the Pelicans' game Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies because of illness.
Gerald Henderson is back for the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Los Angeles Lakers said Wednesday that Kobe Byrant would not play for the rest of this season.
Kobe Bryant will not return for the Los Angeles Lakers' final 18 games of the 2013-14 season as he continues his recovery from an injury to his left knee.
Gerald Green, Matt Barnes and Trevor Ariza have quite a few things in common. None of them is a household name.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday that they have signed forward Jarvis Varnado.
The Dallas Mavericks look to get back on track when they resume a three-game western road trip Wednesday against the Utah Jazz.
The Memphis Grizzlies seem to be peaking at the right time and will hit the road for three straight games, starting with Wednesday's meeting with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Miami Heat snapped a losing streak last time out, but they'll need to sharpen their play Wednesday night when the surging Brooklyn Nets visit AmericanAirlines Arena.
The San Antonio Spurs are back in the Alamo City for three straight games, starting with Wednesday's matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Phoenix Suns will try not to lose any more ground in their quest for a postseason spot and are set to host the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at US Airways Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward the postseason and will try to knock off another playoff-hopeful team when they host the Golden State Warriors Wednesday at Staples Center.
The Denver Nuggets are winless on their current road trip, but will try to rectify that, starting Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.
The New York Knicks have been playing much better of late and will try to keep the momentum going Wednesday night when they visit the Boston Celtics.
It's something of a surprise that Wednesday's matchup between the visiting Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards features two seemingly playoff-bound teams.
The Philadelphia 76ers will try to snap a 17-game losing streak Wednesday night when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to the Wells Fargo Center.
The Toronto Raptors will try to get back into the win column Wednesday night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to Air Canada Centre.
The Bulls loved what Marco Belinelli gave them.
With a towel around his neck and a warm-up shirt over his Warriors jersey, Stephen Curry ran onto the court in celebration.